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  Friday, 7 September, 2001, 15:19 GMT 16:19 UK
Sisters plot tennis monopoly
Serena (L) and Venus are one step away from a final match-up
Serena admits she has a rivalry with Venus
The Williams sisters are aiming to set up an intriguing prime-time family final at the US Open.

But their semi-finals opponents Martina Hingis and Jennifer Capriati are eyeing world number one status.

The women's semi-finals are taking place at Flushing Meadows on Friday evening and the final four is bursting with plot lines.

Defending champion Venus Williams takes on Capriati in one half of the draw.

While 1999 Open winner Serena Williams faces 1997 champion Martina Hingis in the other.

The survivors will meet in the first Grand Slam final to be broadcast on prime time Saturday evening television.

"I'm hoping to be in the final - eight o'clock sharp at the dance," said Wimbledon champion Venus, who is trying to duplicate her Wimbledon-US Open double of last year.

Wins for Venus and Serena will bring about the first all-sisters Grand Slam final since Maud Watson beat Lilian Watson in the Wimbledon women's final in 1884.

Jennifer Capriati
Capriati has won two slams this year

"I might do another dance," father Richard Williams said, referring to his celebration after Venus defeated Davenport in last year's Open final.

Serena, 19, added: "It would definitely mean a lot. We'd get a monopoly on the US Open."

Top-seeded Hingis has a dual mission against 10th seed Serena, as the 20-year-old Swiss fights to retain her number one ranking and keep alive her campaign to end a drought of 10 Grand Slams without a title.

Should Hingis lose in the semi-finals and Capriati defeat Venus to reach the final, the 25-year-old American would wrest away the world number one ranking.

"If I win the tournament, I also save my position," said Hingis.

Hingis, who has held the number one ranking for the last 68 weeks, holds a 6-4 lead in her head-to-head series against Serena, including victories in their last three encounters.

Martina Hingis
Hingis could lose her number one status

The Venus Williams-Capriati match brings together the two players who have won the year's first three Grand Slams, with Capriati hoping to emulate Hingis' 1997 achievement of winning three out of four Slams in one season.

It is the first time in 10 years that second seed Capriati has reached the last four of the Open, and Venus knows the sentimental vote will be with her opponent.

"I just think in general the fans have always loved her from the very beginning," said Venus.

"You know, when she hit her first ball. I remember. I was like a baby, but I was following it too when she hit her first ball.

"Everyone has been watching her and following her story. They feel like they watched her grow up."

An all-Williams final, however, would be big news in New York.

Serena said: "We definitely have a rivalry. When I'm playing Venus, that's huge."

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